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Simon Holt: A Table Of Noises (Full Score): Orchestra

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COMPOSER: Simon Holt
PUBLISHER: Chester Music
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
Commissioned jointly for Colin Currie by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. First performance on 14th May 2008, at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, by Colin Currie (percussion) and the CityofBirmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins. NOTE FOR
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Composer Simon Holt
Publisher Chester Music
Instrumentation Orchestra
Product Format Score
Description Product Type Score
Genre Classical
Year of Publication 2011
Style Period Post 1901
ISBN 9781847724397
No. MUSCH73139
Number of pages 58
Description
Commissioned jointly for Colin Currie by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. First performance on 14th May 2008, at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, by Colin Currie (percussion) and the CityofBirmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

NOTE FOR PERFORMANCE

In table top, the unpitched solo percussion part in the 9th movement, the scoring was initially left open. The present full scoreshowsa suggested instrumentation  which was devised by Colin Currie in conjunction with the composer. Soloists  should attempt to match the timbres used, but should not feel constrained by the  exact choiceofinstruments.

COMPOSER’S NOTE

The percussion instruments used in a table of noises in some ways represent the odd things that were on my great uncle Ash’s parlour table that fascinated me as a child. There is evenabottle; there was always a milk bottle with the silver top pushed in surrounded by other essentials for his life. From birth he was quite severely handicapped in one of his legs and couldn’t walk too far without his trustycrutch.He kept everything he needed within arm’s length.

In the list of instruments for the solo part there’s everything from deep log drum sounds to very high metallic chime sounds. Wood, glass, metal and a whistle.Mostlysmall-scale things with a large gong behind, used sparingly. I think that we managed to keep below 30 instruments in all, which I was keen to do. I didn’t want scores of things that are only played once, they have to earntheirkeep. I didn’t want to use a marimba but thought that trying to make the xylophone sound in a more expressive way would be more of a challenge. The percussionist sits for much of the time on a Cajon, a flamenco instrumentwhich isessentially a wooden box. The player hits the front of the box in various ways, rather as you play a conga. There are guitar strings inside and bells to add to the overall colour.

I would like to thank Colin Curriefor the
Song List
  • 1. A Table Of Noises
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